James Webb Telescope reaches ‘perfect’ alignment ahead of first science images

The four science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have achieved “perfect alignment” ahead of the telescope’s official debut this summer, project officials said during a press conference call Monday (May 9).

“I am delighted to report that the telescope alignment has been completed with even better performance than we anticipated,” said Michael McElwain, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland said, according to CBS News. “We have essentially achieved perfect telescope alignment. There are no adjustments to the telescope optics that would provide material improvements to our science performance.”

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